N.C. County School Board Removes ‘Invisible Man’ From Library Shelves - Higher Education
Higher Education News and Jobs

N.C. County School Board Removes ‘Invisible Man’ From Library Shelves

Email


by Associated Press


RAMSEUR, N.C. — The Randolph County School Board has voted to take Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man from its library shelves after a parent complained.

The Asheboro Courier-Tribune reports the board voted 5-2 at its meeting this week to remove all copies of the book.

Committees at both the school and district levels recommended that the book remain in the libraries. A motion to keep the book on the shelves was defeated.

Board members took the action on Monday in response to a complaint from the mother of a Randleman student who said the book was “too much for teenagers.”

“You must respect all religions and point of views when it comes to the parents and what they feel is age appropriate for their young children to read, without their knowledge,” Kimiyutta Parson wrote in her complaint. “This book is freely in your library for them to read.”

Parson also objected to the book’s language and sexual content.

Invisible Man was one of three books from which rising Randleman High School juniors could choose for summer reading for the 2013-14 school year. The others on the list were Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin and Passing by Nella Larsen. Honors students had to choose two books.

The book is also on a list of suggested supplemental works for high school students compiled by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. A school-based, six-member media advisory committee recommended it not be removed from the library, and a 10-member district panel unanimously voted to keep the book on library shelves.

  Powerball Win Helps Marilyn Fields Spread Her Love for Shaw University

Invisible Man is a first-person narrative by a Black man who considers himself socially invisible. It was originally published in 1952.

RELATED ARTICLES >>
Celebrate Latino High School Graduation, but Work Toward College Degree Attainment Every high school graduate is one more member of society who can contribute economically, socially and politically. It’s especially true for every college graduate, particularly among students underrepresented in higher education. A college degree ca...
Strategy Offered to Turn Rising Tide of Segregated Schools Can socioeconomic status (SES) desegregation policies combat rising school segregation across the United States? A new policy briefing from the National Coalition on School Diversity suggests that schools will see better results from using policies t...
Federal System Adds Transfer, Part-time Student Data to Mix A longstanding effort to include more information about outcomes for transfer and part-time students materialized Thursday with the release of more detailed data through the federal Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, commonly known as IP...
University of Maryland Gets $220M Gift for More Scholarships COLLEGE PARK, Md. — To help double need-based scholarships, the University of Maryland is getting a $220 million gift from the foundation of a billionaire alumnus whose own education was made possible by a scholarship. The university announced the...
Semantic Tags:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *